So one of the best parts about this semester, is that I have been able to start doing things that I have never done before, that I have been wanting to do forever. I realize that is one of the points of coming to a specialized school, but its something that just struck me.
In my mask and puppetry class, we are right now working on creating our own masks. That isn't the part right now that im the most excited for. The part of the process which im most excited for is the actual sculptural aspect of making the masks. We first take a cast of our face which we made, then we filled those molds with plaster creating a bust of our faces. It was a surreal moment getting to look a plaster version of yourself in the eye. But the next step was by far my favorite. We then took plasticine clay and actually got to create the mask that we had designed in our minds. I haven't really ever worked with clay in that fashion before, but it reminded me of playing with play doh when I was a little kid. Getting to push and shape the clay was an incredible experience.
Being a Directing, Playwriting, and Production major, is very analytical and logical. We are constantly analyzing a story, analyzing a situation, analyzing a budget. And although we have our creative moments, we never truly get to be as creative as it felt to make that mask. Thats the beauty of a school like this, and I truly appreciate the opportunity that this class gave me. I can't wait for whats to come in this class.
David Fertik is a theatrical director, producer, administrator, and designer (specializing in Scenic and Puppetry Design). He currently serves as the Founding Artistic Director of Stage Left Theatre Company and the Co-Producing Artistic Director of Revolution Arts Workshop. Regional Credits include: Delware Theatre Company, Barrington Stage Company, International Opera Theatre, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Marian Anderson Award, French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, and Playhouse 22. David's senior thesis project entitled "The Circus Freak" featured various different types of puppetry. David is a proud member of the two largest organizations for puppeteers, UNIMA-USA and Puppeteers of America.